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When autumn arrives, the seasonal decorations come out. Among the cornstalks and scarecrows you’ll undoubtedly find see squat orange shapes and you’ll know it’s pumpkin time again. Pumpkins, a cultivar of the squash plant, are also known as winter squash.
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You almost have to feel sorry for school kids today. So many of them have peanut allergies, which means they are missing out on enjoying that age-
If you were like most kids, you probably turned up your nose at peas when they appeared on your dinner plate – and held your nose as you ate them. Hopefully, you are now mature enough to realize how very good for you peas are, and you no longer leave.....
Most likely when you think of macadamia nuts, you think of Hawaii. In reality, macadamia is a genus of trees that are native to Australia. There are at least seven species of macadamia trees, but only two of them produce fruit that is non-
Who didn’t grow up watching those Popeye cartoons and envying the sassy sailor his guns, which popped up from his previously puny arms right after he ate a can of spinach? And who, despite that, didn’t turn up his or her nose when Mom put a bowl of spinach on the dinner table?
Did you ever wonder about the wonderberry? I certainly did when I first saw the fruit mentioned briefly in a gardening article. I wondered (as you perhaps did when you saw this article): What is a wonderberry? Where did it come from? What does it taste like? My research showed me the wonderberry was developed in the early 1900s by the….
While wandering around a street festival last fall, I came upon a booth where the vendor was extolling the taste and virtues of the aronia berry. Intrigued, I drew near to take a sample and see what the fuss was about. The cookies were tasty, sweet but not overly so. I wanted to learn more about aronia berries, so I checked out my usual sources, as….
Wanting to latch onto the growing popularity of Asian cuisine, many cooks, both professional and amateur, are scouring their local produce aisles for exotic ingredients that give their dishes authenticity. Lemongrass – stems and leaves – is often used to impart a wonderful flavor not only to entrees such as curries and stir-
Despite their prickly needles and spines, cactuses are really beautiful creations. There are approximately 2,000 different species of cactus. They are found from British Columbia all the way down to Patagonia and come in numerous shapes and sizes. The largest saguaro cactus on record, nicknamed “The Grand One,” was approximately 46 feet tall.
Nutmeg is not a nut. It is actually the seed of an evergreen tree called Myristica fragans (fragrant nutmeg). The tree takes seven years to bear fruit, but it may produce until it is 90 years old. The seeds are dried in the sun over a period of six to eight weeks. During this time, the nutmeg shrinks away from its hard seed coat and is picked out when the shell is….
It is easy to confuse fennel for green onions. Both feature a white bulb from which grow long green stalks, but you’ll be able to distinguish fennel because its bulb is much bigger and its leaves look like feathers. Fennel is actually a member of the carrot/parsley family. Known for its licorice-
Is squash a vegetable or a fruit? You would probably call a zucchini squash a vegetable, but you would most likely call a pumpkin a fruit. The definitive answer, from a botanical view, is squash are fruits because they contain the seeds of the plant. Squash are some of the oldest cultivated crops on earth, believed to have originated in Mexico and Central….
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Also known as jak or nangka, jackfruit is a member of the fig, mulberry and breadfruit family. It is native to Sri Lanka and India, where it was first cultivated about 6,000 years ago but is nowadays regarded with disdain as a poor person’s fruit. The jackfruit tree has hundreds of individual flowers and fleshy petals.
Easter is upon us, and no flower is more associated with the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection than the lily. Traditional lore says white lilies emerged where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the earth in his final hours on the cross. The ancient Greeks believed lilies came from the breast milk of Hera, the queen of the gods.
A new year is the perfect time to try new things. Recently a friend who is into essential oils and aromatherapy told me about ylang ylang. She touted its many benefits – they range from head to toe – and offered to get some for me, but I wanted to do some research on the substance first before committing myself.
Continuing our 2018 theme of seeking out new and unusual produce and other types of foods to try, we present to you lulo. Also known as naranjilla, this exotic tropical fruit is a member of the tomato family. It is native to northwestern South America and is found primarily in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Panama.
What would our Thanksgiving Day feasts be without cranberries? This staple of our holiday dinner has a long, proud history in the United States. According to the Cranberry Marketing Committee (uscranberries.com), Native Americans used cranberries as a food staple as early as 1550.
My mother loved decorating for the holidays. From the tree in the den to the lights around all the windows and a big Santa decal on the front door, she was all in. She would also hang a sprig of (fake) mistletoe, complete with sharp-
Have you ever suffered through a bout of insomnia and had someone tell you to try drinking a cup of chamomile tea to help you sleep? Chamomile is a daisy-
Barley is one of the oldest domesticated cereal grains still being grown around the world today. It originated in Ethiopia and southeast Asia. It is most often used in bread and malted beverages such as beer (barley beer was likely one of the first alcoholic drinks humans developed). Over the centuries, barley water has been used for various medicinal purposes; ….
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world, according to WebMD. The plant gets its name from a Chinese term meaning “person plant root” because the root is shaped like human legs. There are 11 species of ginseng. (Many other herbs are called ginseng, but they do not contain the active ingredient ginsenosides.)
When something (or someone) is bland and unexciting, we usually say they are like vanilla. Simple, colorless, ordinary, easily overlooked – that describes vanilla accurately, right? Well, not exactly. The more you learn about vanilla – its origins, its popularity and what it takes to get it to our pantry shelves – you may refrain from ever describing anything…..
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginkgo biloba is one of the best-
Kumquat – what a quirky word. And what a quirky fruit. Its name comes from a Cantonese word that means “golden orange.” Indeed, the kumquat looks like an orange in shape and color, but it is much smaller. And you can eat the skin of a certain type of kumquat; you can’t eat an orange peel.
Have you tried yuzu yet? This fruit that originated in Central China and Tibet is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. It is also cultivated and used in Korea and Japan. Yuzu is mainly used as lemons are – juiced or just the zest (it’s a trifle too acidic to eat whole). In fact, yuzu is related to lemons,….
There aren’t many things that can cheer your heart and bring beauty to an otherwise dreary day than flowers. Everyone, it seems, has a favorite flower; perhaps the hyacinth was poet Whittier’s. Not a bad choice.
Although it is no longer the state tree of Kentucky (that distinction now goes to the tulip poplar tree), the Kentucky coffeetree still percolates a lot of interest in the Bluegrass State and beyond.
These days, people are trying a variety of spices and dietary supplements to manage a variety of conditions and achieve optimum health benefits.
Have you ever heard of cherimoya? It’s quite all right if you haven’t; it’s our delight to discover and describe fruits, vegetables, flowers and other bits of Nature’s Beauty for you, in the hopes you will be intrigued enough to give the featured fruit, vegetable or flower a try.
What is a pineberry? It is a recently developed strawberry cultivar that comes in such colors as pale pink, pale orange and white with red outer seeds (these are called achenes). Pineberries exposed to direct sunlight will usually have a more evident pink flush. And no, the pineberry is not a mutation or a product of….
Fall has arrived, and with it – in uplifting yellow, serene violet, rousing red, meditative bronze and expressive white – come the mums. Chrysanthemums are hardy perennials that effortlessly add a benevolent pop of color in the fall gardening landscape.
You probably won’t find soursop growing in your average American back yard. Also known as graviola and Brazilian paw paw, soursop is the fruit of a small evergreen tree native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central America and the Caribbean.
Not everyone has a green thumb. If you are one of those who can barely coax a weed to grow in your garden, perhaps you should investigate the endless possibilities of low-
Elderberry is the dark purple or red berry from the European elder tree. It is used for making jelly or wine, but it also has some medicinal properties that have come down through the generations. It is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world, with evidence showing Native Americas….
Let’s get it straight from the start: Despite their name, which means “little tomatoes,” tomatillos aren’t just baby tomatoes. They don’t turn red like tomatoes. Tomatillos belong to the nightshade family, along with eggplant, potatoes and peppers. They’re also known as the Mexican husk tomato, Mexican….
Papalo is also known as papaloquelite, Bolivian coriander (although it’s not related to coriander), killi and quilquiña. It has also been called buzzard’s breath and skunk weed – the Spanish named it mampuitu, which is Spanish for skunk. This culinary herb is often used as a substitute for cilantro in tacos,….
First things first: The name of this herb is pronounced eh-
The loquat is more commonly known as the Japanese or Chinese plum. The large evergreen shrub or tree, which can grow up to 12 to 15 feet tall, is cultivated as an ornamental plant in addition to being grown commercially for its fruit. Though it was originally from China, the loquat plant has been….
Vetiver is an Indian grass closely related to other fragrant grasses such as lemongrass and citronella. (Vetiver in Tamil means cut root.) Although it originates in India, vetiver is also cultivated successfully in other tropical regions such as Haiti and Indonesia. China is another major producer of vetiver.
The scientific name of the pomelo (also pummelo, pommel or pumelo) is Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis – literally, big citrus. And indeed it is the largest citrus fruit in its particular family. The average pomelo weighs 2 to 4 pounds, but they can grow to be up to 25 pounds. Pomelo was known….
We love to introduce you to fruits, plants and vegetables you may not have heard of before. Papedas, according to Gardening Know How, are the ancestors of many common citrus fruits. The subgenus papeda includes the Ichang lemon, yuzu and kaffir lime. Many types of papeda citrus occur in the wild.
Lavender is one of the most delightful plants around. It is valued for its distinctive fragrance, medicinal properties and beautiful bluish-
Out West, sagebrush is ubiquitous. These woody, herbaceous, evergreen plants are well-
The olallieberry was developed by George Waldo, who worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in collaboration with Oregon State University, in 1949. The olallieberry was a selection that came from a cross between the black loganberry, which was developed….
Although quinoa (pronounced keenwah) is the new trendy superfood, in reality it’s been around for thousands of years. It was the “mother grain” of the ancient Andean civilization; the Incans considered it sacred. It has recently been revived as a new crop of global interest.
OK, so it’s not really beautiful, what with all its spikes (its name means “thorny fruit”) and its inside pulp with its wrinkled appearance. And it smells awful, making you question the wisdom of opening it. It’s durian, an exotic fruit from Malaysia that is slowly making inroads to....
Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz,” where the Cowardly Lion, awaiting his turn before Oz the Great and Powerful, sings a song about courage and asks, “Who put the ‘ape’ in ‘apricot’?” Well, thankfully, no one did. Who would eat it then?